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dc.contributor.authorSalemonsen, Elin
dc.contributor.authorHansen, Britt Sætre
dc.contributor.authorFørland, Georg
dc.contributor.authorHolm, Anne Lise
dc.identifier.citationSalemonsen, E., Hansen, B. S., Førland, G., & Holm, A. L. (2018). Healthy Life Centre participants’ perceptions of living with overweight or obesity and seeking help for a perceived “wrong” lifestyle: A qualitative interview study. BMC Obesity, 5(42).nb_NO
dc.description.abstractBackground: Overweight and obesity are complex conditions, associated with a wide range of serious health issues. In contemporary society, body size is an important part of a person’s self-representation. Lifestyle changes are difficult and long-term weight management is associated with a high risk of failure. In primary health care in Norway, lifestyle interventions are offered by Healthy Life Centres (HLCs) to those seeking help with weight management. The aim of this study was to explore HLC participants’ experiences of living with overweight or obesity and perceptions of seeking help to change dietary and activity habits. Method: This exploratory study employed a qualitative design. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 13 participants. Data were transcribed verbatim and analysed using qualitative content analysis. Results: The analysis resulted in one main theme: Searching for dignity, based on two themes: 1) Needing to justify avoidance of personal responsibility and 2) A desire to change. Conclusion: Changing dietary and activity habits is difficult as the emotional alternation between shame, guilt and pride influences the ability to assume personal responsibility. A deeper understanding of each participant’s perceptions and experiences is important for the ability to tailor and provide a high quality health service. Addressing participants’ emotional distress and search for dignity is necessary for enabling dietary and activity change. This should be considered in the future development of HLCs and health promotion interventions in order to educate service users about emotions and the role they play in food consumption and inactivity. Weight stigma at individual and system level as well as responsibility related to dilemmas about “right” or “wrong” lifestyle should be addressed.nb_NO
dc.publisherBioMed Centralnb_NO
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.subjectpersonal responsibilitynb_NO
dc.subjecthealthy life centresnb_NO
dc.subjectshame and pridenb_NO
dc.subjectqualitative researchnb_NO
dc.titleHealthy Life Centre participants’ perceptions of living with overweight or obesity and seeking help for a perceived “wrong” lifestyle - a qualitative interview studynb_NO
dc.typeJournal articlenb_NO
dc.typePeer reviewednb_NO
dc.rights.holder© The Author(s). 2018.nb_NO
dc.subject.nsiVDP::Medisinske Fag: 700::Helsefag: 800nb_NO
dc.source.journalBMC Obesitynb_NO
cristin.unitnameAvdeling for helsefag - Stord/Haugesund

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